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Alexandra

25-10-99, 05:35 AM (GMT)
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"Question on new minipoll and a comment on Isadora"
 
   Bruce, I always try to remember to check your poll (I admire the fact that you always manage to come up with interesting questions!) This week, though, I have to ask -- and please forgive my ignorance -- but whose ballet is "Towards Poetry?" I've missed that one.

I also noticed your comment on "Isadora" re last week's poll. I did see it. The company brought it to America. As I remember, it was not well thought of at the time, and there was controversy over the casting, but there was one moment in it that I shall always remember as being both beautiful and imaginative, and the kind of thing that only dance can do.

"Isadora" was played by two women: one a dancer, the other an actress. In one scene, after "Isadora" had become famous -- perhaps too famous -- the actress speaks, but as a narrator, not as a part of the action; a crowd gathered to see Isadora, and Isadora herself (Merle Park) ran through the crowd, which never noticed her. The image I retain (which may well be imperfect, as I only saw the ballet once and it was quite some time ago) was of the heaviness of the crowd -- dancers in period costume -- and the lightness of Park running through it.

I'm not urging a revival, but...


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Bruce Madmin

25-10-99, 08:13 AM (GMT)
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   Towards Poetry is really one of those 'we recently saw it and didn't much care for it entries' of a few readers. ie it's not quite as serious as perhaps some of the others choices. It's is by Mark Baldwin, a modern dance man, who was invited to choreograph for RB earlier this year. There are a few reviews in the database and some critics loved it of course...

I'd heard Isadora was, as you put it, not well thought of a the time. So appropriate that it has come last in a way! I wonder if it will ever be resurrected?


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